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Knowing how to dress in accordance with your body type is the secret to not only capturing your own distinct style, but also feeling great about yourself. In this day and age, your size and shape should never hold you back as there are retailers out there that cater to big and tall men, allowing you to feel confident and stylish no matter what your size.
With this in mind, it is important to learn a few basic rules. Simply grabbing clothes off the rack will lead to unflattering results. There are easy tips to remember that will make a big difference and have you looking and feeling your best all year round.
TIPS FOR BIG & TALL MEN
You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without knowing your foot size. The same goes for the rest of your body. Before your search for clothes even begins, it is important to know the measurements for your chest, neck, sleeves, waist and inseam. This will guarantee your shopping experience will be more efficient and raise your chances of finding clothes that compliment your size and shape.
BE WARY OF STRIPES:
Stripes can be your friend or your foe. The rule to remember is that anything not vertical may make you look bigger. That means horizontal, diagonal or any other strange variation will likely do a big man no justice. Best to stick with vertical stripes as they create an elongated effect and can result in a slimming look. Pinstriped shirts with dark jeans or dress pants is always a great look. For tall, skinnier men the opposite is true. A horizontal striped polo shirt can make you look broader in the shoulders and create a flattering physique by giving you some extra bulk.
BALANCE YOUR COLOURS:
Two striking mixes of contrasting colours can divide a big man up and draw attention to unflattering parts of your body. Best to balance your colours and try to keep your shirts and pants similar in tone to create a cleaner, slimming impression. There is no denying that black does make you look thinner, but nobody is stopping you from breaking up the dark tone with a few nifty colour accessories. Once again, tall guys should approach this in reverse. An all black ensemble can make you look even taller and thinner than you may be, so mixing it up with colours can only work in favour of a tall man.
FIND YOUR FIT:
Big and tall men commonly suffer from two misconceptions. Big guys believe tight-fitting clothing will flatten their bulky areas and create a smoother look. In truth, this merely draws attention to those sections you are trying to hide. Others are of the opinion that loose-fitting, baggy clothes will hide excess flab, when in reality they make you look bigger than you are. Tall skinny guys mistakenly choose baggy items that create a flapping effect, or skin-tight items that look awkward. The solution for both big and tall men is to find your middle ground. Avoid too tight or too baggy. It is important to go with well-fitted clothing that sits comfortably on the body and complements your size and shape without drawing unnecessary attention to the parts you are looking to conceal. Remember to measure up and know your size.
Being a big and tall guy is by no means a disadvantage when it comes to fashion. Thanks to a number ofretailers that caterto large-sized men, you can now be confident no matter what size or shape you are. No two people are the same and being comfortable in your own skin is the key to a happy, fulfilling life.
We are a fickle lot here at The Significant Man. We have decided to go against the grain and try to pick the winner of this weekends AFL grand final in our own unique way. It has nothing to do with team consistency, ball handling skills or even individual player stats. Our system of picking the winner is based on off-field menswear fashion style.
So let’s take a look at two big name players from each team. For Hawthorn we have chosen captain Luke Hodge, and for the Sydney Swans it just has to be co-captain Adam Goodes.
Luke Hodge has a certain effortless charm that allows him to look sharp in virtually any outfit. As a born leader, Hodge can wear something as simple as a plain tank top and still exude confidence and style.
Of course, having that confidence can so easily lead to some fashion mishaps. We are not sure what to make of this shiny grey suit with black trims. On the one hand we admire Hodge’s boldness. The suit is certainly a head turner and the matching black tie and crisp white shirt gives it a bit of retro charm.
What are your thoughts on this glossy grey suit?
For an evening at the Brownlows, I think we would probably go with this more refined look. Luke Hodge brings out his inner James Bond here with his wife Lauren, wearing a classic black tuxedo with bow tie.
Dual Brownlow medalist Adam Goodes is well known as one the nice guys of AFL football. A superstar on the field, in person he has a relaxed, laid back vibe. We like his casual “just from the gym” look with printed T-Shirt and sweat jacket.
When he steps it up a notch, Goodes shows he has definite style. Check out this three quarter length jacket with open shirt look. This shows some serious fashion chops and suits his size and shape extremely well.
In a more formal setting, Goodes continues to show style. This black suit and tie with crisp white shirt ensemble is hard not to like and Adam wears it well. A well fitted suit can always set you apart from the crowd.
Once again, it’s almost too close to call! Both Adam Goodes and Luke Hodge have their own distinct style and both men seem to enjoy taking some risks with their menswear.
A quick show of hands around The Significant Man office and the AFL grand final style showdown goes to…Adam Goodes!
There really is nothing in it. We suspect there may be some suspicious voting from a couple of diehard Swans fans here in the office. Nevertheless, the vote stands. We are tipping a Sydney Swans win on the weekend!
Who do you guys think has the style edge? Adam Goodes or Luke Hodge?
With the NRL grand final coming up this weekend we have been scratching our heads trying to pick the winner. Both Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm have had such strong seasons that we simply can’t separate them. We have been left with no other choice than to ignore the on-field attributes of both teams and instead base our decision on their off-field menswear style.
Let’s look at two of the biggest star players from the Bulldogs and the Storm. Hotshot players Ben Barba and Billy Slater.
Both are Dally M award recipients and both are key players for their respective teams, but how do these two powerhouse players match up in off field mens fashion style?
Ben Barba showed up to the recent Dally M awards in a slick looking black tuxedo with glossy tie, trims and lapels. This well fitted suit really made him stand out from the crowd and matched the tone of the evening perfectly.
At last years International Rugby League Player of the Year awards held in London, Billy Slater went with a no tie, open shirt look. This casual ensemble matches his personality well and creates a fresh looking, laid-back and approachable style.
It’s a tough one to pick. Do we go with the slick, formal look of Ben Barba or the more Laid-back casual charm of Billy Slater?
Both men look great but after taking a quick vote in the Significant Man offices, the result goes to Ben Barba by a small margin. His classic black dinner suit is hard to beat, and while Billy Slater nails the casual suit, Barba’s sleekness wins through on the day.
Whether Ben Barba’s off-field menswear style translates to on-field prowess this weekend remains to be seen but we here at The Significant Man are basing our tip on style. So it’s a Bulldogs win in a thriller!
Good luck to both teams!
Many men find dressing for the cooler months a bit of a challenge. Gone are the hot summer days where throwing on a cool t shirt and a pair of shorts will suffice, winter dressing takes considerably more thought.
Here’s what we think are some keys to Men’s winter fashion in 2012.
Layering isn’t about reaching blindly into your wardrobe and putting on shirt after shirt, jumper after jumper. There is an art to layering. Simplicity, colour tone and fabric are keys. For the professional, a plain white undershirt, followed up with a long sleeve dress shirt is a good start. A nice tie or scarf would be next, then a tasteful wool knit topped off with a wind shielding overcoat or jacket.
Winter is a great opportunity to find your own personal style when it comes to jumpers, jersey’s and knitwear. You simply cannot beat wool for that soft winter warmth. A V-neck knit works great over a business shirt, while it is hard to go past the distinguished look of a 100% Woolen Vest.
There is no better way to keep you warm and toasty this winter than a reliable jacket and coat. A well made, versatile jacket is an essential item for any cold weather wardrobe, while a stylish overcoat worn over a suit provides the ultimate in mens winter fashion. The below knee length is not only a refined look, but will assist in keeping your legs warm.
When it comes to accessories, a scarf is not only a perfect windbreaker for your neck, but can add a dash of colour and style to an outfit. A good winter scarf should coordinate with your shirt and tie and often looks best when tucked under an overcoat.